Pokemon announced that the testing period for the Pokemon Trading Card Game Live will begin on February 22nd, 2022. The beta will be exclusive to Canada. PTCGL will be available as a downloadable app on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. PTCGL will not have in-app purchases. You can learn more about the Pokémon Trading Card Game Live in our article breaking down its initial reveal.
The Pokemon Trading Card Game Live will be available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. PTCGL requires iOS 15 or newer, Android 8 or newer, Windows 7 or newer, or Mac OS X 10.14 (Mojave) or newer. Cards from Sun & Moon base set onward will be available at launch (previously, it would have been Sun & Moon—Lost Thunder onward). Cards from the Black & White and XY series will be introduced at a later date.
Below is the text of the official press release announcing the start of the upcoming start of the beta.
Starting Feb. 22, 2022, Pokémon fans in Canada will be able to preview Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) Live during the limited beta for iOS and Android, as well as Windows PC and macOS devices, before the online game launches around the world. Limited-beta participants will have the opportunity to play the upcoming Sword & Shield—Brilliant Stars in Pokémon TCG Live prior to the expansion’s global release.
Developed and published by The Pokémon Company International, Pokémon TCG Live is a new online game that allows players to enjoy the Pokémon Trading Card Game in an updated digital format. Similar to the tabletop version of the Pokémon TCG that fans have loved for over 25 years, Pokémon TCG Live features fan-favorite activities like building decks and battling with friends, as well as gameplay modes and daily quests for all types of players regardless of their skill level.
Canadian players can access the limited beta on mobile devices via the Apple App Store and Google Play, and on Windows PC and macOS devices by downloading the app from Pokemon.ca/TCGL, when the testing period goes live on February 22, 2022. They will also be able to enjoy cross-platform play during the limited beta. Furthermore, Pokémon TCG Online players will have the option of playing Pokémon TCG Live during the testing period without losing access to the Pokémon TCG Online app.
Pokémon TCG Live will be globally released in the future as a free-to-play game with no in-app purchases, and will receive ongoing content and feature updates post-launch. For more information, please visit Pokemon.com/TCGL.
And here’s bit from the FAQ on the beta:
How can I participate in the Pokémon TCG Live limited beta?
Starting February 22, 2022, Canadian players can access the limited beta on mobile devices via the App Store and Google Play, and on Windows PC and macOS devices by downloading the app from Pokemon.ca/TCGL (link will go live on February 22, 2022). They will also be able to enjoy cross-platform play during the testing period.
Furthermore, Pokémon TCG Online players will have the option of playing Pokémon TCG Live during the testing period without losing access to the Pokémon TCG Online app.
Why did you decide to limit the limited beta to Canada only?
Launching the Pokémon TCG Live limited beta in Canada allows the development team to collect gameplay feedback that will help shape a positive experience at scale once the online game is globally released.
Do you have plans to release the limited beta in additional markets before global launch?
Canada is the only market identified for limited beta launch at this time.
If I’m participating in Team Challenge—Season 3, will the tournament continue in the Pokémon TCG Online?
The Team Challenge Qualifiers will continue to be run in the Pokémon TCG Online. If you are a player located in Canada, please do not migrate your Pokémon TCG Online collection to Pokémon TCG Live. Those who choose to do so will no longer be able to log in to the Pokémon TCG Online and will be unable to continue participating in Team Challenge—Season 3.
Will the Team Challenge—Season 3 playoffs and finals be run in Pokémon TCG Live?
We have nothing further to announce at this time. Please stay tuned to our website for more information on the Team Challenge—Season 3 playoffs and finals.